Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda

Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda

by Eric Schmitt, Thom Shanker
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Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda by Eric Schmitt, Thom Shanker

Inside the Pentagon's highly secretive and revolutionary new strategy for fighting terrorism - and its surprising and game-changing effects in the Middle East and at home

In the first years after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government waged a "war on terror" focused on trying to defeat Al Qaeda and its affiliated groups through brute force. But it soon became clear that this strategy was not working, and by 2005 the Pentagon began looking for a new way.

In Counterstrike, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker of The New York Times tell the story of how a group of analysts within the Pentagon, at spy agencies, and in law enforcement have devised and carried out an innovative and effective new strategy to fight terrorism, unbeknownst to most Americans and in sharp contrast to the war-mongering and cowboy slogans that characterized the U.S. government's public posture. Adapting themes from the classic deterrence theory that worked so effectively during the cold war, these strategists have expanded the field of battle in order to disrupt jihadist networks in ever more creative ways.

Schmitt and Shanker also show how the new counterterrorism strategies were adopted by George W. Bush and expanded under Barack Obama, and how both administrations shifted their tactics and priorities in response to successes and setbacks in this continuing struggle. Filled with startling revelations about how our national security is being managed, Counterstrike will change the way all Americans think about the ongoing struggle with radical Islam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805091038
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/16/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 9.34(w) x 6.36(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Eric Schmitt is a terrorism correspondent for The New York Times and has embedded with troops in Iraq, Somalia, and Pakistan. Schmitt has twice been a member of Times reporting teams that were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Thom Shanker, a Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, routinely spends time embedded with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Shanker was formerly a foreign editor and correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, based in Moscow, Berlin, and Sarajevo.

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dad123 More than 1 year ago
ties a lot of the background and tactics used against Al Queda
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Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
The current world of terrorism has for over ten years been the top story of the daily news. But how much do we know of what the hell is going on? Investigative reporters Eric Schmitt & Thom Shanker have now written the definitive book on the campaign against Al Queda in Counter Strike. This tale takes you behind the scenes into the covert world of our nation's defense strategy. Written in a fast pace dialogue you get a sense of the transition from cold war tactics toward the new strategy to fight terrorism. This game changer did shift the world as we know it, but so far it has keep America soil safe. The book starts in the end with the killing Osama bin Laden and traces back to the September 11 attack. Counter Strike is the ideal book to learn the truth about the United States World on Terror.
erniet43 More than 1 year ago
I find this book fascinating and a good read. I do wonder about the data that backs up the author's assertions. There are some facts to back up some of the points made but, to my way of thinking, not nearly enough. I would read it, nevertheless, as i have but with a bit of wariness.
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